This Is Not Normal, March 6, 2018 – March 12, 2018

This is your weekly reminder that this is not normal.

  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president has not responded to the president of Russia saying that the Russian election meddling was due to Russian Jews or other minorities. (Yes, I know the president’s grandchildren are Jewish. I don’t care, and apparently neither does he.)
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the president is preparing to sue to prevent the porn star with whom he allegedly had an affair from giving an interview to 60 Minutes.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the Qataris have damaging information about the president’s son-in-law/senior adviser that they are not giving to the special counsel investigating the administration for fear of damaging their relationship with the president.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that a business connection of the president’s son has met with senior officials for the National Security Council to push a plan that would open up business opportunities in Venezuela.
  • It is NOT NORMAL that the secretary of education gave an interview in which she could not answer basic questions about, among other things, the public schools in her home state.
  • It is NOT NORMAL for the president to speak at a campaign rally at which he makes numerous false statements, seems to struggle with basic grammar and diction, insults various journalists and members of Congress, and calls for the death penalty for drug dealers.
  • The presidential Twitter feed continues to be NOT NORMAL. To be specific, this week it was NOT NORMAL for the president to
    1. post about the ratings of the Academy Awards;
    2. continue to complain that the Democrats are abandoning DACA (again, the only reason this is a problem is because the president issued an executive order making it one);
    3. tweet that “many people [want] the job” of Chief Economic Advisor, which is not, according to reporting, the case;
    4. accuse the “Failing New York Times” of printing a “false story,” as well as arguing that his lawyers “have shown conclusively that there was no Collusion with Russia” (which is not true), referring again to “Crooked Hillary” (so we are back to zero weeks with out a Crooked Hillary reference), and personally attack the journalist who wrote the story, saying that she “is not given access” even though he is known to often call her personally;
    5. argue that the “Fake News Media” fails to mention Republican wins in special elections;
    6. argue that the Democrats “slow walked” many nominations, when in fact he has not made nominations for many positions; and
    7. complain that political pundits are not giving him enough credit when they say his approval ratings are “somewhat low.”